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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pasko Writes Self-Help Guide to Jail

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- About to get sent to a Russian jail? Grigory Pasko has some advice.

"Don't panic and try to keep your spirits up, even if they beat your back with rubber sticks," he wrote in a guide to prison life that a newspaper published Friday as "Jail University."

Pasko, a naval officer and military journalist, has spent more than 18 months in jail awaiting trial since being arrested for spying after filming reports for Japanese television that accused the Russian navy of dumping nuclear waste.

Amnesty International calls him a prisoner of conscience. Prosecutors say he was trafficking state secrets.

But his guide, printed in a daily newspaper in his hometown of Vladivostok, gives practical advice intended to be of use to less famous prisoners as well.

"It's worth having your own mattress and blanket ready. Our prisons are poor, and you're unlikely to get anything decent," he said.